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1988: The fifth and final movie in the Dirty Harry film series. Harry Callahan investigates the death of a popular rock singer and comes across a "dead pool" list, which has his name on it. A pompous movie director is implicated in the murder and other murders that follow. Harry, his new partner, and a news reporter work together to find the perpetrator. Enjoyable action thriller, in the last DIrty Harry film. Good wisecracks and banter between the characters. Solid action, including a scene involving Harry and partner Quan trying to outrun a toy car that is detonated. Also cool to see early performances by Jim Carrey as the druggy rock singer and Liam Neeson as the movie director. Pleasing end to the franchise.
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Evan C. Kim, and Liam Neeson.
Directed by Buddy Van Horn.
1983: Fourth film in the Dirty Harry movie series. Two sisters are sexually assaulted, leaving one embittered and the other catatonic. The embittered sister takes out revenge, ten years later, on the perpetrators. Harry Callahan is shipped out from San Francisco to investigate a murder that happens to be related to this revenge tale. He naturally develops a relationship with the revenge seeker. The vigilante style in full affect once again, though the formula sees some cracks in the fourth edition of the series. Some stupid characters (bad guys) and a longer-than needed run time don't help. Still worth a look.
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat HIngle, and Paul Drake.
Directed by Clint Eastwood. This is the only Dirty Harry movie that Eastwood directed.
1985 TVM: Five teenagers sneak into a museum and steal some artifacts and clothes for Halloween pranks and costumes. They unwittingly open up a curse of the dead coming back to life, while reading a scroll in a graveyard. The ghouls run amok in the city, turning the citizens into vampires. One of the resurrected is a dead cheerleader who makes a bond with one of the teenagers. The two must put the artifacts back in synch again to reverse the curse, or the curse never leaves. OK movie, not boring. More of a horror comedy than a straight horror story. Liked the cute relationship between the nerdiest of the five teens and the dead cheerleader. The story from 300 years prior (leading to the curse) involved witches, not vampires. OK, go with it.
Stars: Lee Montgomery, Jonna Lee, Shari Belafonte Harper, LeVar Burton, Peter DeLuise, and Dedee Pfieffer.
Directed by Jack Bender.
1981: A segment of people are called "scanners", people who have the mental capability of controlling others' minds, bodies, and even kill others. Most are "good" scanners, but some are "evil" scanners. A research facility doctor grooms a "good" scanner to seek out and find the leader of the "evil" scanners. Good horror flick, though there are slow periods within the story. Special effects are strong (one such scene is especially famous and noted, and the finale is impressive too). The acting is mostly fine (McGoohan as the doctor and, naturally, Ironside as the villain are strong), but the lead (Lack) is rather meh. Worth a look.
Stars: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, and Michael Ironside.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
1975: What is thought to be a meteorite results in lots of spherical eggs that hatch into tarantulas that grow to various sizes. They terrorize the Wisconsin country town. A couple of investigator scientists/doctors try to determine the cause of the geologic effects and discover the tarantulas. Various townspeople are terrorized; some are killed by the biggest tarantula. The doctors look for a way to kill the biggest one, to rid of all of them. Bad movie. Unfortunately, not so bad to be good. Cheesy effects. Lousy acting. Bad attempts at humor. Funniest line is at the beginning, as the sheriff (played by Alan Hale) greets a young friend "Hey, little buddy. Stars of Perry Mason and Gilligan's Island must have been desperate. Ugh.
Stars: Steve Brodie, Barbara Hale, Leslie Parrish, Alan Hale, and Robert Easton.
Directed by: Bill Rebane